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also ar·ba·list  (är′bə-lĭst)
A medieval missile launcher designed on the principle of the crossbow.

[Middle English arblast, from Old English, from Old French arbaleste, from Late Latin arcuballista : Latin arcus, bow + Latin ballista, ballista; see ballista.]

ar′ba·lest′er (-lĕs′tər) n.

arbalist, arbalest

a crossbowman. Also arcubalist.
See also: Arrows
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.arbalist - an engine that provided medieval artillery used during siegesarbalist - an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles
engine - an instrument or machine that is used in warfare, such as a battering ram, catapult, artillery piece, etc.; "medieval engines of war"
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Meanwhile, The Arbalist Guild offers plans for building a "medieval-ish" crossbow with reverse limbs, and some unsubstantiated sources claim Leonardo DaVinci developed a reverse-draw crossbow in the 16th Century (hence the name LEOPRO).
Although I am the top assisted arbalist in Britain I get no financial help for training, equipment, travelling or accommodation."